WCPP Debate Speeches: Renaming of towns in the Western Cape

The following speeches were delivered in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament byRicardo MacKenzie MPP, the DA WC Spokesperson on Cultural Affairs and Sport and Matlhodi Maseko MPP, DA WC Spokesperson on Human Settlements.

Subject for discussion: The renaming of towns with colonial names and the removal of colonial and apartheid statues from public spaces in light of their irrelevance in post-apartheid South Africa’s, with specific focus on the Western Cape, values and identity. 

Debate Speech by:

Ricardo MacKenzie MPP 

DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Cultural Affairs and Sport

 “The DA and the Western Cape Government as a whole has and never will be against redress.”

Speech highlights:

  • Renaming public spaces should be done through a clear, inclusive and consultative process that enjoys public support.
  • In true EFF fashion, Honourable Joseph said “we are even going to track down and destroy the smallest statues of Queen Victoria that’s hidden in churches.”
  • Honourable Joseph also took matters further by misleading the public in stating that “no transformation has so far taken place under the DA in the Western Cape”.
  • In case Honourable Joseph missed it, in 2010 the City of Cape Town named the plaza between the Civic Centre and the Artscape, Albert Luthuli Plaza.

The full speech can be obtained here.

Debate Speech by:

Matlhodi Maseko MPP 

DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Human Settlements

 “I have renamed my Chihuahua “EFF” because when it is not being lazy, it is tearing things apart.  Even its own bed. ”

Speech highlights:

  • The South African Geographic Names Council acts as advisors to the national and provincial governments on name changes and helps the Western Cape Provincial Geographic Names Committee carry out its duties.
  • The EFF must understand is that name changes are costly, and that they require support from affected communities.
  • The DA is not against name changes, but when the city council in Pretoria undertook to change its name to Tshwane, it cost R1.5 billion. R1.5 billion could provide a home to 10 714 beneficiaries on the housing waiting list.

The full speech can be obtained here.